RUBBERBAND

Los Angeles native Victor Quijada brings together classical dance composition and west coast hip-hop like no one before him. Bursting onto the scene with his Montreal-based company in 2002, Quijada uprooted the boundaries of contemporary dance, creating a singular language that is uniquely his own. His dance technique, the RUBBERBAND Method is now taught in some of the most prestigious dance schools and conservatories from Los Angeles to London.

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Trenzado (2022 Premiere) & Empirical Quotient, excerpt

(NDP Fee Support Available)
Running Time:  (TBD)
Choreography: Victor Quijada
Music Director: Jasper Gahunia
Lighting Design: Jon Cleveland
Scenography: Sylvain Baumann

Victor Quijada’s new, deeply personal work draws its inspiration from his experience growing up in Los Angeles first-generation Mexican-American. Coming out of retirement and returning to the stage, Victor explores themes of identity, home and motherland. Trenzado features a soundscore by composer and DJ Jasper Gahunia who samples traditional Mexican genre of Norteño (Corridos and Ranchera).  This new work challenges Victor and the audience to reckon with their own ideas of origin, belonging and displacement.

In this evening of dance, RUBBERBAND pairs Trenzado with an excerpt of Empirical Quotient, Quijada’s 2013 work centering on character study in one hand, and refined formal composition on the other to achieve a theatrical exploration of human relations and feelings of dependence, rejection, empathy executed through RUBBERBAND’s signature style of complex athleticism and precision.

Trenzado is co-commissioned by NextMove Dance, Randy Swartz and received funding support from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Empirical Quotient premiered at the Cinquime Salle of Place des Arts, in Montreal and was produced by RBDG, the CanDance Creation Fund, Danse Danse, Grand Theatre Kingston, Guelph Dance, Théâtre Hector-Charland and Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal, and the Segal Performing Arts Centre.

Ever So Slightly (2018)

Running Time: 70 minutes, no intermission (Performed with live music)
Choreographer: Victor Quijada
Dramaturgy: Matthieu Leroux
Musical Director: Jasper Gahunia
Original Music: Jasper Gahunia, William Lamoureaux
Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan
Costume Design: Cloé Alain-Gendreau

Ever So Slightly explores the behavioral mechanisms and reflexes we develop against the ceaseless flow of irritants that bombard us in our daily lives. Most of us long for calm and resilience, but how do we get to a zone where noise and aggressiveness no longer have a place? Simultaneously delivering delicacy, brutality, finesse, and high-voltage action, the choreographer conveys all the energy contained in urgency, revolt, chaos, and flight.

Victor Quijada continues with his extraordinary dance works, this time with 10 irrepressible dancers, a DJ, a musician and a wide-open venue. The vast performance space, the distorted bodies, and the live music result in a production on steroids. Sound-wise, Jasper Gahunia, one of Quijada’s longtime partner, is pushing RBDG’s musical signature by creating a bold and original soundscape to be performed live.

Co-commissioned by Global Arts Live, Cambridge, MA. Ever So Slightly premiered at the Place des Artes, Théâtre Maisonneuve in Montreal, Canada on December 5, 2018.

Vic’s Mix (2016)

Running time: 70 minutes
Choreography: Victor Quijada
Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan
Original music: Jasper Gahunia
Music: Various composers
Costume Design: Camille Thibault-Bédard

Vic’s Mix is the first phase of a long project that choreographer Victor Quijada began at the dawn of the company’s 15th anniversary in 2017. This creation is intended to highlight the essential innovations of Quijada’s choreography, synthesizing the fruitful results of his experiments in dance.

Through the prism of Victor’s influences, stretching from hip hop in his first forays to his mastery of contemporary tendencies, Vic’s Mix is a watershed moment, a bridge connecting the works realized until now, a look back at pieces that established the company’s choreographic identity.

Vic’s Mix showcases excerpts from previous RUBBERBAND pieces, notably, Elastic Perspective. The music for the production is based on original works created by Jasper Gahunia and those of classical composers (Prokofiev, Verdi, Bach, Vivaldi, among others).

City Thread (2017)

Running Time: 30 minutes
Choreography: Victor Quijada
Music: Jasper Gahunia
Costume Design: Cloé Alain-Gendreau
App Design: Gabriel Jasmin

Dance maverick Victor Quijada reimagines the city as stage in this new and innovative contemporary dance experience. Featuring a cast of 30+ dancers comprised of company members and dancers/dance students from the local community, City Thread taps into the vibrant energy of public spaces and our culture of smartphone technology to create a unique, shared experience between audience, performers and the environment. Participants download a smartphone app specifically designed for the piece, and embark on a sensorial experience – activating different music compositions based on their movement throughout the performance site. Audience members are free to create their own adventure by choosing one or more of the dancers to follow along various designated paths. City Thread pays tribute to the effervescence of metropolitan environments while celebrating the unpredictable exhilaration of live performance. BYOEB (Bring Your Own Ear Buds) and let your dance adventure begin.

City Thread premiered in August 28, 2017 in a celebration of the city of Montreal’s 375th anniversary with support from Place des Arts de Montreal. Local dancers included students from Montreal’s École Supérieure de Ballet and École de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal.

City Thread requires a 2 minimum week dance residency + advanced site visit with Victor.
Week 1 – Victor Quijada and a RUBBERBAND dancer to set the work on local dancers.
Week 2 – Full company arrives for on-site rehearsals with local dancers.

About the App: Audience members download the performance smartphone app with active GPS that holds a music playlist activated when they move through the designated public space. With the event’s soundtrack in the spectator’s hands, the performance begins in one central meeting point. Eventually, the dancers separate into smaller groups, moving throughout the area, and the sound score changes as audience members hit various hotspots designated throughout the site.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Technology: Zoom or other live streaming platform provided by presenter.

  • Company requires Presenter to provide virtual stage manager to run virtual activities. A tech rehearsal before every event with the virtual stage manager is required.

  • The company can adapt activities to meet the needs of each presenter/theater and their respective communities.

BEFORE RUBBERBAND: A CHOREOGRAPHER’S JOURNEY | Multimedia Artist Talk

Los Angeles native Victor Quijada, Artistic Director of Montreal-based dance company, RUBBERBAND brings together classical dance composition and West Coast hip hop like no other before him. In this 60 minute multimedia presentation, rare archival footage of Quijada as a young bboy, a dancer for Twyla Tharp and later an aspiring choreographer, highlight his remarkable story. Quijada shares with audiences his personal journey – his inspirations, struggles and discoveries as he paved his path into the contemporary dance scene.

Details:

  • One multimedia presentation w/Q&A featuring Victor Quijada.

  • 25 Students Max (can also be presented as a multimedia presentation with one moderator to lead the Q&A session following the presentation, in this case the number of audience is unlimited).

  • 60 minutes (40-minute multimedia presentation followed by 20-minute Q&A session or interview).

Description: Ahead of the presentation, participants are invited to view a private YouTube playlist that features excerpts of Quijada’s choreographic milestones. Viewing can be done at their leisure. Participants are invited to submit questions to Quijada 7 days before the presentation so that he has time to incorporate some of those questions into his presentation. A Q&A with the audience follows. Company requests two prep meetings – one with the presenting organization to discuss the target audience for the presentation and a virtual tech rehearsal to run through the multimedia elements with the presenter’s virtual platform.

TRENZADO: Inside the Creation Process | Multimedia Artist Talk

Inspired by Victor Quijada’s experience growing up first-generation Mexican-American in early 90s Los Angeles, Trenzado explores themes of origin, belonging and displacement. An intimate evening of dance and conversation, Quijada unpacks the political urgencies that motivated him to create his most personal work to date. Sharing excerpts of his solo and Trenzado’s original sound score which samples traditional Mexican Corridos, Ranchera and Norteño music, Quijada offers audiences a rare glimpse into his artistic process and invites audiences to share their own sentiments around Trenzado’s themes.

Details:

  • One multimedia presentation w/Q&A.

  • 30 Students Max (can also be presented as a multimedia presentation with one moderator to lead the Q&A session following the presentation, in this case the number of audience is unlimited).

  • 60 minutes (40-minute multimedia presentation followed by 20-minute Q&A session or interview).

Description: This interactive community conversation is built around the themes of Trenzado. Quijada will present a 40-minute multimedia conversation where he shares his inspiration to create this new work and engage in a community conversation where audiences into the dialogue, to share their own personal stories and perspectives on Trenzado’s themes of origin, belonging and displacement.

CORRIDOS & CARDENCHE 2.0: DJ Demo & Artist Talk

Join longtime RUBBERBAND collaborator, composer and world renowned DJ Jasper Gahunia (1998 DMC Canadian DJ Champion and World Championship Finalist) and choreographer Victor Quijada, as they discuss the various styles, history & origins of the Mexican music featured in Trenzado which include Corridos, Rancheras, Norteño and Canto Cardenche. Gahunia will deconstruct the music in real time for the audiences, illustrating how he mixes original songs to create one-of-a-kind sound scores that have become a part of RUBBERBAND’s signature style.

Details:

  • Conversation and live dj demonstration w/ Q&A.

  • Featuring Victor Quijada & Jasper Gahunia.

  • 30 Students Max (can also be presented as a multimedia presentation with one moderator to lead the Q&A session following the presentation, in this case the number of audience is unlimited).

  • 60 minutes (40-minute presentation with demo followed by 20-minute Q&A session or interview).

DANCING FOR THE CAMERA | SCREENING & Multimedia Artist Talk

In addition to creating for the stage, Victor Quijada’s work includes almost a dozen dance films including Gravity of Center and music videos for K-OS and Elton John. The company offers screenings of these films, followed by a discussion with Quijada on the differing demands when creating for the stage and for the cameral.

Details:

  • One multimedia presentation w/Q&A with Victor Quijada.

  • 30 Students Max (can also be presented as a multimedia presentation with one moderator to lead the Q&A session following the presentation, in this case the number of audience is unlimited).

  • 60 minutes (40-minute multimedia presentation followed by 20-minute Q&A session or interview).

DANCE FILMS

GRAVITY OF CENTER

Running Time: 15 minutes
Adaptation & Creation: Thibaut Duverneix & Victor Quijada
Choreography: Victor Quijada
Director of Photography: Christophe Collette
Dancers: Elon Höglund, Emmanuelle Lê Phan, Daniel Mayo, Anne Plamondon, and Victor Quijada
Original Music: Jasper Gahunia

The short film Gravity of Center is an adaptation of the eponymous stage work created by Victor Quijada. Five characters encounter each other in the wake of a natural and economic disaster. Wandering through unnamed landscapes, they depend on each other for their survival but also feel stifled by their reliance on the group. Five world-class dancers embody animal instinct and human dignity in this stunning film.

Gravity of Center won Best Experimental Short and the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography in a Canadian Short at the 2012 edition of the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival.

The premiere of Gravity of Center took place at the Yorkton Film Festival in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, in May 2012.

Coproduced by Natalie Galazka, Sach Baylin-Stern, RUBBERBAND, and ANTLER Films. With the support of BravoFACT, the Canada Council for the Arts, Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Contact Pentacle for a full list of RUBBERBAND dance films available.

AUDIO/VISUAL OUTDOOR INSTALLATION

CITY THREAD: SITE-SPECIFIC AUDIO/VISUAL INSTALLATION

This original site-specific outdoor, live dance and audio installation first premiered in Montreal in 2017. City Thread has now been re-imagined as an outdoor audio/visual installation allowing performing art centers, plazas and pavilions to activate their outdoor spaces with a one-of-a-kind sound installation that is all activated through smartphone technology. Projections of footage from the original presenters featuring swarms of performers activate the space while individuals navigate throughout creating their own soundtrack for a multi-sensory experience.

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Trenzado Share-Backs
These community conversations are a key element to the development of Trenzado and building a deeper relationship with the different communities surrounding the presenting venue. Choreographer Victor Quijada, music collaborator Jasper Gahunia and dancers will engage in these conversations. Victor will share his origin story and present excerpts from his solo and discuss the music collaboration. The audience is invited to engage in the dialogue with the company, sharing their own personal stories and perspectives on Trenzado themes of origin, homeland and identity. They can be organized in studios, on campus, in community centers, church halls etc to maximize reaching the surrounding population. Contact Pentacle for A/V needs.

Master Classes

RUBBERBAND Method Workshop for Professional Dancers and Graduating Students
This 90-min workshop outlines the RUBBERBAND Method, a movement technique developed by Victor Quijada. Based on the RUBBERBAND company class, it prepares dancers for the demands of his choreography. The class addresses the following basic principles: distribution of weight outside of the plum-line axis of the upright skeletal structure; agility in hand, elbow, and shoulder inversions; and use of the body and all its surfaces as 3-dimensional and multi-directional carving tools. Participants are introduced to a hybrid movement style that is influenced by urban and contemporary dance vocabulary, while emphasizing interpretation, decision-making, use of rhythmic variations and partnering. It prepares contemporary and classically-trained dancers for floor-work commonly associated with breakdance. With the RUBBERBAND Method, dancers will be ready to engage with the floor with authority and finesse, while negotiating their body through space using techniques that are adapted from urban approaches. The RUBBERBAND Method also brings awareness to focus and visual connections in partnering and performance.

RUBBERBAND Method Master Class for 16yrs + and First Year College Dance Students
Victor Quijada’s choreography combines urban, contemporary and classical principles and is influenced by experiences of the street, stage and camera. In this class, dancers are taught exercises that build agility and precision whether dancing on their feet or on the floor or upside down. It is an introduction to the RUBBERBAND Method, characterized by the hybrid stylings of contemporary, classical and urban dancing.

Schooltime Matinee: The Breakdown
The Breakdown is presented in a lecture demonstration format that includes excerpts of various RUBBERBAND work and culminates in a Q&A session with students. The activity provides insight into the development of Quijada’s RUBBERBAND Method illustrated through excerpts of the company’s repertory. This is behind-the-scenes event where dance and conversation are at the forefront and showcases RUBBERBAND’s spontaneous and contemporary style. The Breakdown can be tailored for different audiences – from dance aficionados to novices.  Schooltime matinee cannot be scheduled to begin before 11AM.  Length: 50 minutes + 10 min Q&A session.
Grade range: Grade 6-High School

Short Film Screening/ Dance for the Camera
RUBBERBAND has created a number of dance on film works. The company is able to offer an evening screening and discussion, allowing audiences to become better acquainted with Victor Quijada’s choreography and to have a discourse on the differences between creating dance for film and stage. In addition to a number of high-quality short films, the evening can also include a selection of music clips and videos from special projects. With viewers’ feedback and participation, the evening of screenings can be tailored to specific interests, with or without the presence of the choreographer as a mediator.

Pre and post-performance discussions available upon request.

  • Time Out Chicago

  • Dance Magazine

  • The Globe and Mail

  • 08.21.2020

    Virtual: Streaming Ever So Slightly (excerpt)

    CLI Studios

    Los Angeles, CA

  • 10.13.2020

    Virtual: Trenzado Creation & Multimedia Artist Talk

    Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (FLACC)

    Oakland, CA

  • 11.10.2020

    Virtual: Before RUBBERBAND Artist Talk w/ Victor Quijada

    Global Arts Live

    Boston, MA

  • 03.16.2021

    Virtual: Before RUBBERBAND Artist Talk w/ Victor Quijada

    St. Mary's College of California

    Moraga, CA

  • 03.25.2021

    Virtual: Streaming Ever So Slightly (excerpt)

    Battery Dance Festival presents Canadian Voices in Dance

    New York, NY

  • 03.26.2021

    Virtual: Gravity of Center Film Screening

    Performing Arts Center @ SUNY Purchase

    Purchase, NY

  • 04.08.2021 — 04.15.2021

    Virtual: Streaming of Vic's Mix

    Northrop Auditorium

    Minneapolis, MN

  • 06.03.2021 — 06.18.2021

    Virtual: Streaming of Vic's Mix

    Joyce Theater

    New York, NY

  • 11.12.2021 — 11.13.2021

    Ever So Slightly

    Moody Performance Hall, presented by TITAS

    Dallas, TX

  • 11.17.2021

    Vic's Mix

    Rudder Auditorium, Texas A&M University

    College Station, TX

For more information, please contact:

Sandy Garcia

Sandy Garcia

Director of Booking

212.278.8111 ext. 3425